You Can Do This. If You Want To.

I am still on a high from the incredible trip to Mobile Beat Las Vegas last March. This was my 7th consecutive trip to that conference and it was easily the best experience yet.

Would you like to (one day) attend a DJ conference such as Mobile Beat Las Vegas, the CDJ Show, Midwest DJs Live, ARMDJs or DJ Expo?

Here are a few quick words of advice:

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Stepping Stones: DJ to MC

The mobile DJ community here in Canada often runs into a small roadblock when communicating the MC side of their services to potential brides and grooms (if that DJ even offers MC services). Most time, brides and grooms have never heard of the DJ performing the role of MC and, often times, they’ve already asked someone else to MC their wedding by the time they hire a DJ. This is that roadblock. They can’t exactly “un-ask” someone to be their MC, can they?

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Let’s Agree on Agreements

Have you ever received a phone call like my friend Brian Harris of Brian Harris Entertainment in Dayton, Ohio did the other day?

BRIAN: “Brian Harris Entertainment, this is Brian.”

CALLER: “Yes, I wanted to see if you were available for a Valentine dance, and actually it’s tonight.”

BRIAN: “Oh no, I have an event tonight myself. What happened with the DJ that you had?”

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Stepping Stones: PT to FT

Nine years ago, in September 2008, I shut down my DJ business. At that point, I had been spinning tunes for 11 years at party after party and figured enough was enough. So I quit.

My girlfriend and I had just moved 8 hours away from home for a new job she was starting and I wasn’t sure what to do. I was pretty confidant I would marry the woman I was with and that I was probably going to have a family with her. “Time for a ‘real’ job!” I remember saying to myself.

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I Only Work for Friends

Working for friends can be the worst experience in the world. Deals are struck, favours are promised, and then one wants more out of the arrangement than was bargained for. Things end in an ugly fashion, with both parties unsure if the friendship survived. I’ve seen it happen time and time again.

Sure, it works out okay sometimes, but in many cases, lifelong friendships are put in jeopardy over an attempt between friends to do business together. (And don’t even get me started on working with family!)

But what happens when you start out as strangers and then become friends throughout the business transaction? Continue reading “I Only Work for Friends”